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The industrial impasse between the Management of St. Jude Hospital and the National Workers Union (NWU) has been amicably resolved. At the centre of the dispute was the decision to terminate an employee.

The Union believes that Management’s action was harsh, high handed and unjustifiable.

The parties have agreed that the dismissal letter to the employee dated June 5th, 2015 will be withdrawn and that the individual will be reinstated immediately but will resume his duties Monday August 17, 2015.

In reaching a compromise on disciplinary action for the employee the sides have agreed that one of the two months that the aggrieved employee was out of work will be treated as a suspension period.

Management of the Hospital shall not engage in any form of harassment or victimization of Shop Stewards or the reinstated employee.

The two sides have also agreed to continue to demand full cooperation, efficiency and a high level of productivity from all workers within the bargaining unit represented by the NWU.

As a result of the satisfactory discussions that the National Workers Union has agreed to immediately withdraw its thirty (30) day notice of protest action. However, the Management of St. Jude Hospital and the NWU will meet urgently to begin discussions on four (4) issues in the protest action notice.

The conciliatory and mediation sessions were handled under the chairmanship of the Minister for Labour, Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis and Acting Labour Commissioner Mr. Ray Narcisse.
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